Destination: Hong Kong

by The Belle Voyage

Ever since I first saw a picture of Hong Kong ’s harbor, I have dreamt of visiting in person.  I finally got my chance to see this spectacular city with my own eyes earlier this year, and Hong Kong didn’t disappoint!  In fact, visiting Hong Kong was easily one of my favorite trips of 2014.

Hong Kong is an incredible fusion of so many cultures: Chinese, British, and Western to name a few.  Whatever your heart desires, Hong Kong delivers.  Whether it is a delicious egg custard tart, a limited-edition Gucci bag, or jaw-dropping views, Hong Kong’s got it, and you’re in for a treat.

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Have I convinced you yet?  If not, let me share some of my Hong Kong favorites:

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Begin your stay in Hong Kong with a visit to Sam’s Tailor.  Make an appointment ahead of time since Sam’s is a popular spot.  This should be your first stop so that there’s enough time for Sam and his crew to have your custom suit ready before you head back home.  Pick from a limitless selection of fabrics and styles for suits and shirts, get your measurements taken, and they will have a “rough draft” ready for you to try on in about 4 hours.  Amazing!  And this is not just for the guys – Sam makes women’s clothing!

Spend a day with Ski at Big Foot Tour.  This private walking tour is the perfect introduction to Hong Kong’s history and culture.  Ski and her team will customize a tour for you based on your personal interests, likes and dislikes.  A few places we visited: a wet market in Shueng Wan, Man Mo Temple, and a REAL Hong Kong tea house.  She will show you the city as the locals see it and take you to places you would have never noticed on your own, explaining their significance along the way.  Don’t miss this tour.

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Spend an evening in Lan Kwai Fong soaking up the expat culture.  This corner of Central is home to restaurants, bars, and dance floors frequented by Hong Kong’s young professional crowd.  Pretty much anything you’re up for is on offer in LKF – whether its a jello shots or hanging out with models – so have a wander around and find a place that strikes your fancy.  For a bite to eat, don’t miss Brickhouse.  I bet you never thought you’d have Mexican food in Hong Kong, but this little spot down a back alley is a great stop.

Of course, don’t leave Hong Kong without checking a few of the tourist must-do’s off your list.  A ride across the harbor on the Star Ferry might be the best bang for your buck in Hong Kong – a ride is less than a buck but gives you a million-dollar view of the city.  Another must-do is taking the tram to Victoria Peak.  Plan to do this on your first day in Hong Kong so that you can reschedule if the day is foggy.  Lastly, I would be remiss if I did not mention Hong Kong’s infinite shopping opportunities.  Check out the IFC mall for luxury everything, or the Ladies Market for souvenirs.

Ready to book your trip?  This should get you started:

Hong Kong by The Belle Voyage

Stay: W Hotel, Kowloon

Do: Tram to Victoria Peak, Star Ferry, Big Foot Walking Tour

Eat: Afternoon tea at the Peninsula Hotel; Drinks at Sevva; Dim Sum at Tim Ho Wan (a Michelin star meal for under ten bucks!), Dinner at Hutong or Tin Lung Heen for great views of the harbor skyline at night.

 

 

 

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